Daily Deal Activity 04/11/16

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce, mobile content/apps

Homemade, developer of an app for connecting home cooks with neighbors, has raised $2.1 million in a round of funding from Maven Ventures, Maveron, Rostrum Capital, Scrum Ventures, Slow Ventures, and XG Ventures. The company will use the funding for hiring talent.

ecommerce

OYO Rooms, operator of a social marketplace for travel accommodations, has raised $100 million in a round of funding led by SoftBank with participation from Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital, and DSG Consumer Partners. The company will use the funding for expanding operations.

ecommerce

South Korea-based mobile commerce company Ticket Monster has raised $40 million at a reported valuation of $1.5 billion in a round of funding from South Korea gaming and entertainment company NHN Entertainment. The company will use the funding for expanding within the mobile shopping market.

mobile content/apps

Even, developer of a mobile-based personal savings app, has raised $9 million in a round of funding led by Valar Ventures with participation from Khosla Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Camp One Ventures, and Homebrew Ventures. The company will use the funding for building out new functionality.

mobile content/apps

Marxent, a developer of virtual reality applications for retailers and manufacturers, has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Detroit Venture Partners and Stage 1 Ventures. The company will use the funding for expanding headcount and building outs its VisualCommerce offering.

niche content

New Zealand-based movie, cinema, and movie time information company Flicks will be acquired by Vista Group. The acquisition provides Vista with an expanded international presence. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital Advertising

ad networks/exchanges

Mobile advertising technology solutions company Altitude Digital has raised $17.5 million in debt and equity funding from Multiplier Capital and Bridge Bank. The company will use the funding for supporting its newly launched SSP offering.

local search

Grabfood, developer of a platform for connecting customers with crowd-sourced grocery shoppers, has raised $1.2 million in a round of funding from private investors. The company will use the funding for expanding its presence geographically.

Marketing Technology

bi tools

Spain-based data discovery platform Datumize has raised $1.1 million in a round of funding led by Inveready with participation from Caixa Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding operations.

commerce management

Israel-based eCommerce search and discovery technology developer Twiggle has raised $12.5 million in Series A funding led by Naspers with participation from Yahoo Japan and State of Mind Ventures. The company will use the funding for product development efforts.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Dentsu will acquire a majority stake in Malaysia-based digital marketing agency Consider Digital. The acquisition will provide iProspect Group with an expanded presence in Malaysia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

b-to-b media

Path to Purchase Institute, a global association serving the needs of omnichannel retailers, brands, and solution providers along the path to purchase, will be acquired by RFE Venture Partners. The acquisition will see Path to Purchase operate in collaboration with Stagnito Business Information + Edgell Communications, which was also recently acquired by RFE. Terms of the deal were not disclosed (A Petsky Prunier-led transaction)

broadcast television

Vivendi will acquire Italy-based Mediaset’s Pay TV business Reti Televisive in a transaction valued at $1 billion. The acquisition coincides with Vivendi’s plans to launch a Europe-based streaming services competitor to Netflix.

entertainment media

Hobbyist magazine publisher Kalmbach Publishing will acquire gaming and entertainment company Rather Dashing Games. The acquisition provides Kalmbach with an expanded customer base. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

loyalty/retention

Event discovery platform Vamos will be acquired by Fanmiles, an operator of loyalty reward programs for connecting fans with celebrities. The acquisition provides Fanmiles with an expanded promoters network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

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France-based point-of-sale consumer feedback platform Critizr has raised $1.1 million in a round of funding from CapHorn Invest. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its presence internationally.

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Employee and manager feedback tools developer Peer will be acquired by Twitter. The acquisition will provide Twitter with expanded capabilities for its messaging platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

security

Mobile security startup Bluebox will be acquired by Lookout, a developer of mobile consumer and business mobile security solutions. The acquisition provides Lookout with expanded enterprise-level mobile capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Information

credit/risk information

UK-based Credit scoring startup Aire has raised $10 million in a round of funding from Accion. The company will use the new round of funding for product development initiatives while focusing on international expansion.

About Petsky Prunier
Petsky Prunier is one of the leading investment banks in the technology, media, marketing, eCommerce, and healthcare industries. Our firm's mergers and acquisitions and private placements advisory services reflect a unique blend of product specialization and industry expertise. Together with strategic consulting firm Winterberry Group, a Petsky Prunier company, our organization represents one of the largest industry-specific advisors providing strategic and transactional services. In addition, we offer international reach through our partnership with investment bank Altium, which operates from nine offices across Europe. Securities transactions are processed through Petsky Prunier Securities LLC, a member of FINRA and an affiliated entity.

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